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Ballet Level Up!

Are you at Ballet level 3? Or Intermediate? Advanced? Foundation? And Foundation 1 or 2? Ballet skill levels are confusing – we we’ve created the definitive guide to levels in women’s ballet. Whether you’re RAD, Cecchetti, or Vaganova, a professional ballerina or an adult dancer, you’ll find that our Ballet Level Guide is applicable to you. And remember – no matter how good you are, there’s always a foetus in Russia who’s better than you. We also asked the lovely…

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Ballet C&V Homefries Interviews

Interview – Chun Wai Chan, Houston Ballet

A peek at Chun Wai Chan’s instagram makes it evident why he’s a social media star on the rise – whether it’s videos of him making pirouette combination or a series of pas de ciseux look like a stroll in the park, or demonstrating his flexibility and arched feet, or even just standing still, shirtless and with his abs on full display. It’s an impressive showcase of a male dancer’s #balletgoals. But Chun Wai doesn’t just do it for the…

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Footballet

Suffering from World Cup withdrawal symptoms? Moscow 2018 may seem like it happened an age ago (bring it back!), but we’re making the experience last a little longer with a round-up of our #footballet edits. Relieve those several glorious weeks with these fun pictures of many of the World Cup’s footballing stars attempting to give some of favourite ballet dancers a run for their money in the dance department.…

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Ballet C&V Ladies Interviews

Interview – Lou Spichtig, Queensland Ballet

I remember watching YouTube videos of Queensland Ballet’s Lou Spichtig performing at the Prix de Lausanne a few years ago. “What a beautiful dancer,” I thought. “I wonder if she knows about Cloud & Victory? Probably not. But it would be pretty cool if I got to interview her for the site one day!” It turns out that Lou had heard of us – we’d been mutually admiring each others work for some time without knowing it! Several years of…

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Ballet Mental Health Photo Sessions

Keeping It Real: On Eating Disorder Recovery

As an eating disorder survivor, I try to make a point of addressing the issue of eating disorders and recovery on C&V during Eating Disorder Awareness Week every year. I make the effort because I remember how lonely and difficult recovery is, and I know that the nature of ballet has meant that a fair number of dancers struggle with disordered eating. But this year, I didn’t want to do it. I got my act together enough to pitch an…

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Ballet C&V Homefries Interviews Movers & Shakers

Movers and Shakers: Xander Parish

The first time I met Xander Parish, he couldn’t see me. Literally. We’d arranged to meet outside the Mariinsky theatre in St Peterburg and as I neared the historic building I spotted him scanning the crowd for me. I walked up to him and but he didn’t notice me because I barely came up to his chin. I hesitated for a moment, wondering how to catch his attention before tugging at his coat, feeling very much like a small child.…

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Ballet C&V Ladies Photo Sessions

Photo Sessions: Flaunt Your Ballet Body!

Watching my fellow adult dancers in class is a good reminder of why I dance. Ballet is about constantly striving for improvement, and it can easy to get bogged down in the negatives: my turnout isn’t good enough, I can’t remember that combination, my alignment is wrong, my body isn’t thin or tall or muscular or petite enough. Sometimes it frustrates me when I don’t seem to be improving. But then I look at my friends in class: we laugh…

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Ballet C&V Ladies Interviews Movers & Shakers

Movers and Shakers: Jeanette Kakareka

In this guest blog, C&V Lady and Bayerisches Staatsballett corps member Jeanette Kakareka details the whys and hows of moving to another ballet company. This season I’ve made the move to Bayerisches Staatsballett. It was decision I made for many reasons. I had performed so much with the English National Ballet: I can’t even begin to imagine how many shows I must have been in over the past four seasons. I saw a lot of beautiful places in the world,…

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Ballet C&V Ladies Posts

A Very C&V Holiday Gift Guide

Trying to find the perfect dance present for your ballet boo this Christmas? Or maybe you’re looking to treat yo’self this holiday season? We asked our C&V Squad for their ballet favourites, must-haves and covetables in our Cloud & Victory gift guide. From dancewear to training accessories to recovery tools, here are our picks for the best ballet gifts!…

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Ballet C&V Ladies Interviews Movers & Shakers Photo Sessions

Movers and Shakers: Patricia Zhou

Should I change my job? Should I move? Where do I go next? Is this the right time? What am I doing with my life? Change is inevitable, but seldom easy. In an ongoing series called Movers and Shakers, we’ll be talking to dancers who’ve made changes in their lives and careers to find out what they’ve learnt and what impact it’s had on them. Here, we talk to Patricia Zhou, Prix de Lausanne winner and one of the first…

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